Red meat – such as beef, lamb, and pork – can form part of a healthy diet. But eating a lot of red and processed meat probably increases your risk of bowel cancer.
Red meat is a good source of protein and provides vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc.
But evidence shows that there is probably a link between eating red and processed meat and the risk of bowel cancer. People who eat a lot of these meats are at higher risk of bowel cancer than those who eat small amounts.